What can I recycle in the bring banks marked 'cans'?
Recycling bring banks labelled 'cans' accept mixed metal packaging which includes:
- food tins
- drink cans
- aerosol cans
- foil trays
- metal lids (for example a jam jar lid)
All items should be clean so give them a rinse before you finish the washing up.
Why do some bins only accept drink cans?
The red or green can shaped bins only accept aluminium cans. Most drink cans are produced from aluminium which is why they only collect drink cans.
There is also an aluminium can bin at Durrell as this is used as a way of raising funds for the charity. If you use the recycling banks at Durrell, you can put your drink cans in the Durrell bank and put your food tins and aerosol cans in the mixed cans bin marked 'cans'.
Can I recycle metal crisp packets and wrappers?
Metal coated plastic film, which is often used for crisp and snack packets, looks like aluminium but cannot be recycled.
Use the scrunch test to check whether it is aluminium foil. If it springs back when scrunched in the hand it is not recyclable and should be thrown away with your household rubbish.
What happens to the cans after I recycle them?
After collection, the cans are separated into aluminium and steel and are then sent to a UK recycling plant where they are melted down and processed to create new cans or other metal goods ie fridges, cars etc.